Daily Headlines, Monday, 4/9/2012

Montgomery AdvertiserUA a top speaking stop for US justices

Montgomery AdvertiserSome Ala. counties can’t enforce immigration law

Montgomery AdvertiserAlabama Voices: Increase gambling penalties

Montgomery AdvertiserAdvertiser Editorial: Working poor bear tax burden

Huntsville TimesSt. Jude’s patient and family has ultimate Space Camp experience (video)

Huntsville TimesHuntsville eyes ‘TVA Megasite’ status for 1,500-acre farm in Limestone County

Huntsville TimesClosing mail facility in Huntsville will hurt service, officials say

Huntsville TimesHire of new Huntsville school principal raises issue with RSA

Huntsville TimesEDITORIAL: An option for failed schools

Huntsville TimesA glimpse of the ‘invisible’ in Huntsville’s Bright Ideas plan

Birmingham NewsAlabama Senate to debate pension plan to cut benefits for new hires

Birmingham NewsAlabama peach farmers expect big, early crop; anticipate need for large workforce

Birmingham NewsTrayvon Martin event brings out more than 100 bikers in Birmingham (slideshow)

Birmingham NewsCan Birmingham city schools escape an old cycle of dysfunction?

Press-RegisterBonner bristles at NY Times report; return of earmarks; and more (Political Skinny)

Press-RegisterCiting past probation stints, judge sends oil claims fraud defendant to jail

Press-RegisterChinese woman at center of political intrigue made name for herself in Mobile lawsuit

Press-RegisterIrish visitor to Alabama finds some racism, but progress, too

Press-RegisterGet the charter school law right (editorial)

Press-RegisterThyssenKrupp committed to environmental stewardship (Your Word)

Press-RegisterThe smart option: Reinstate sales tax (Insight)

Press-RegisterState must ward off looming Medicaid crisis (Insight)

Press-RegisterThrough the centuries, the same question (Frances Coleman)

Tuscaloosa NewsAlabama self-defense law works similar to Florida’s

Tuscaloosa NewsEDITORIAL: Herndon learned lesson with fine

Anniston StarPatience on the road: Time to get moving again on parkway progress

Anniston StarYoung enough for school: Lowering enrollment age is OK, but other issues need addressing

Decatur Daily Are retail incentives wise moves?

Gadsden TimesChild abuse investigations at Barrie Center up in 2011

Associated PressJudge shields addresses in Alabama bankruptcy case

Associated PressMore officials to moderate Mobile County tests

New York TimesProtecting Face-to-Face Protest

Legislative Dispatch

A Look from the Rearview Mirror

This Thursday will mark the last day of the legislative Session.  For some, it was a Session that seemed would never end.  For others, it was one that ended much too quickly.  It may be early, yet, to write an obit on this Session, but as we approach the finish line, some perspective may be in order.


Putting Students First

As you know, a very important piece of legislation will be presented for our consideration in the House tomorrow in Montgomery – Senate Bill 310 – the “Students First” tenure and fair dismissal reform bill. Like me, many House members have been inundated with phone calls and emails from opponents of this bill, and some have been [...]

Legislative Transparency

There are a lot of issues to debate before we begin the final days of this session. In fact, I am quite certain there will be some comments on this post debating many of them. Before we get into the last seven day of the session I wanted to bring up a topic that [...]

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